KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Happy HolidaysStaying in town for holiday break? We can help keep your kids and teens happy, busy and entertained! Between Star Wars: KDL Awakens the FORCE, Ugly Sweater Cupcake Wars, KDL Lab programs and so much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 21 – January 3.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!


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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for Adults

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

SoapsOf course we are offering a slew of exciting programs for kids and teens this winter, but we didn’t forget about the adults! Check out these offering for the grown-ups. Click the program title for dates, times and locations.

Creative Canvas Painting
Release your inner artist by creating a unique and beautiful painting with the guidance of instructors from Wine and Canvas (sans wine). All supplies will be provided and no previous experience is needed to create a masterpiece in our fun and relaxing environment. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited.

Gluten Free/ Allergen Free Lifestyle
Whether you’re considering a gluten-free lifestyle out of curiosity or necessity, Chef Terri Rees will help you explore tasty and convenient ways to go gluten and/or allergen-free. If you’ve spoken to your doctors or registered dieticians and it all sounds confusing; learn from a chef the tips, tricks, techniques and substitutions for making changes in your diet.

Intro to Soap-Making
Learn the centuries-old method of making traditional soap (a.k.a. cold process) from an experienced soaper. Class time runs 1.5 hours, and you will leave with a soap bar that you mixed, colored and scented. Gloves, apron and goggles will be provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes, an old long-sleeved shirt and pants (or a long skirt) to protect your skin. Preregistration is required and spots are limited.

Vegan-ize Your Favorite Comfort Food
Learn how to embrace veganism while still enjoying your favorite comfort foods like macaroni, pesto and chocolate cake. Enjoy a cooking demo and tasting of vegan treats and hear more about vegan resources in Grand Rapids.

We are also offering our KD aLe series and Early Childhood Essentials Classes.


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Celebrate the Season!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

6520996585_24780a3c20_bCelebrate the holiday season with KDL! We are offering all kinds of exciting programs for families this winter.  Don’t miss out on all the free fun! Please click on the program title for dates, times and locations.

The Reindeer are Coming
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! For all ages.

Gingerbread Lane
Stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages.

Mush! Meet the Sled Dogs from Tun-Dra
Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting. For all ages.

Countdown to Happy Noon Year
We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2016 with a countdown, noisemakers, goodies and fun — at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes. For all ages.


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Reminder: Suspension of MeLCat InterLibrary Loan Nov. 18-Dec. 12

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Update: Please visit our Dec. 17, 2015 post about MeLCat for more updated information.

Please remember that beginning Wednesday, November 18, no new MeLCat requests can be placed. Incoming and outgoing materials will continue to be processed, and currently checked out materials can still be renewed and managed using My MeLCat. From Wednesday, December 2 through December 11, MeLCat items will not be processed. Full MeLCat services are expected to resume on Saturday, December 12. For more information, please visit the MeLCat Server Migration FAQ for Patrons.

If you have items that KDL does not own and you wish to request them from other libraries via MelCat, please do so before next Wednesday.

If between November 18 to December 12, you find you need an item which KDL does not own, there are neighboring libraries able to assist KDL customers.

This link offers a directory to Lakeland Library Cooperative Member Libraries. These libraries will honor KDL library cards. However, holds are not allowed and patrons must return material to the library where it was checked out.

Grand Rapids Public Library, KDL cardholders can:

  • Check out materials and place holds on GRPL owned material.
  • Holds must be picked up at a GRPL location.
  • Patrons may return to KDL but items are not checked in for 5-10 days.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Grand Rapids Community College Library

  • KDL cardholders can get a free community guest card to check out AV, books and magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Can search in MelCat, but may not place requests.

 Davenport University Libraries

  • Offers a free community card to check out books, no magazines.
  • Must have driver’s license/picture ID with current address.
  • Not listed in MelCat.

As always, please visit your local KDL branch or call our friendly Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 for assistance.


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Comedienne Judy Schreur at Plainfield

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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Senior comedienne Judy Schreur will perform at the Plainfield Township Branch, 2650 5 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30. This is a rescheduling of her program, “Celebrate Life in the Laughter Lane,” was originally on the calendar for 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2.

This is a workshop on the art and power of laughter: Learn why we need humor, what makes us laugh and how to make others laugh. You’ll leave motivated to look on the positive side of life.


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Upcoming Book Sales

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

19Get a great deal on some great books. Shop our upcoming book sales, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, November 6, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 7,10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cascade Township Branch
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 8, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, November 21, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 22, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 


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Brew it to Win it! KD aLe Beer Competition 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Fancy yourself a mighty fine home brewer? Enter your best brew in the KD aLe first ever home brewer’s competition, “Book-Inspired Brewing!” KD Ale logo WEB

Kent District Library, in collaboration with Gravel Bottom Brewing, is calling on home brewers to enter this unique competition; creating a beer inspired by your favorite title or author. The winning beer will be brewed in a professional brewery, Gravel Bottom Brewing, to be released at the KD aLe Wrap Up Party on February 24. The winner’s name will be engraved on the KD aLe homebrew trophy and the top three finalists will receive a home Gravel-Bottom-Craft-Brewery-Supply-300x254brewer’s prize basket.

Need some brewing inspiration? Check out these book/brew combos.

Gone Girl Coffee Stout – Dark and caffeinated, this stout, like the book, will keep you up all night. Just like Amy, this beer is smooth, controlled and will leave you wishing for a little bit more.

Catcher in the Rye Beer – It takes a special beer to match the dryness of Holden Caulfield. Bitter and crisp on the tongue, this brew mimes the acerbic style of the teenage protagonist. Not for phonies!

Alice’s Adventures in Weizenbier – Golden as the shiny haired troublemaker, this beer has a malty sweetness and an unsuspecting hint of banana. Curiousier and curiousier, this beer throws flavors at you faster than the White Rabbit runs. Don’t be late trying this brew!

Or take inspiration from your favorite author:

Poe Stout – A dark and bitter brew guaranteed to put you on edge.

Kinsella Cider – Light and bubbly, crisp and sweet, this cider is best shared with friends and over good stories.

For the full list of dates, rules and restrictions, visit our KD aLe page.

Cheers and good luck!


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“Strange, Spooky, Wicked Michigan” at Plainfield

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

programThe “Strange, Spooky, Wicked Michigan” program originally scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Plainfield Township Branch, 2650 5 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, has been rescheduled. It’s now taking place Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Listen as researcher Amberrose Hammond shares video and audio clips of her investigations into Michigan’s more mysterious stories. Halloween may be over by then but that doesn’t mean the thrills and chills have to stop!


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Sunday Afternoon Live – Free Concerts for Adults

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Heat up the cool autumn weather with the sizzling sounds of local Grand Rapids bands Vox Vidorra and Afro Zuma at two concerts to be held at the Cascade Township branch.

Vox Vidorra, an Indie Rock/Soul group featuring the soaring vocalsVoxVidorraPublicityPhoto
of lead singer and lyricist Molly Bouwsma-Schultz will hit the stage on Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch. With songs inspired by experiences in Grand Rapids and social themes like religion, racism and oppression, Vox Vidorra aims to move their audience to action.

Hailing from Michigan with a worldly sound originating in Nigeria, Afro Zuma, is a 14- piece collaboration of jazz, rock and funk artists. Giving high energy performances in the West African musical style of Afrobeat, this group is sure to get you grooving. Join the fun on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 PM at the Cascade Township branch.

AfroZumaPublicityPhotoThank you to sponsors Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation, Cascade Charter Township, Friends of the Cascade Library, David & Michelle Bottrall and the Cascade Township Downtown Development Authority for providing this entertainment to the public. Tickets are not necessary for the concerts, for more information please visit www.kdl.org or call (616)784-2007.

 

 


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KDL Anywhere, Anytime with KDLCast

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

KDL Cast WEB TRANSPARENTTake us on the road with you! Kent District Library’s podcast, KDLCast, is up and running and ready to entertain you. Bringing in professionals once a month, KDL covers topics to enhance your life from exploring the back roads of Michigan to advice on incorporating gluten-free meals in your diet. Join the fun and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Happy listening!


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